Mary C. Anderson

Mary C. Anderson

January 15, 1938 – February 9, 2023

Mary Christine Anderson (nee Huelle) was born to Ella and Martin Huelle on January 15, 1938, in Meadow Grove, NE.  Mary passed away at Hillcrest Cottages, Papillion, NE on February 9, 2023.

Raised in and around Norfolk, NE, Mary was the eldest of five children born to Ella and Martin.  After graduating high school Mary attended Norfolk Community College and then the College of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, MN.  Upon receiving her certification as a medical technician, Mary accepted a position at Rock County Hospital in Bassett, NE.  It was there in the Sand Hills of Nebraska that she met and married James D. Anderson (Jim) of Long Pine, NE.

Throughout her life Mary was a friend to many and a stalwart supporter of her husband and his family in their business ventures.  As Jim was helping to operate both Anderson Market and the pavilion at Hidden Paradise, Mary was right there with him.  Their two sons, Jim and Michael were born while in Long Pine.  Their family moved to Bird City in 1967 where they had purchased a grocery store and butchering business which grew to become a fixture in rural NW Kansas.

Upon retirement in 1983, Mary and Jim had many wonderful travel experiences, particularly in and around the Hill Country of Texas.  Mary was an accomplished quilter and did beautiful needlework.  Mary spent many hours with quilting groups in Bird City and then Papillion.  Her quilts now grace the beds of many family members and friends.

After Jim’s passing in 2008, Mary remained in Bird City until 2011, when she moved to Hillcrest Country Estates in Papillion. As one of the early residents of the “villas,” Mary helped to create a wonderful sense of community and friendship among those who continue to call Hillcrest home.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Jim, her parents Ella and Martin Huelle, and one brother, Harlan Huelle.  She is survived by sisters Donna (Ike) Isenberg of Omaha, NE and Nancy Goos of Papillion, NE, and brother Rick (Lisa) Huelle, also of Omaha, NE; two sons James A. (Beth) Anderson of Chesterfield, MO and Michael N. (Tim Buckenmyer) Anderson and “granddog” Frankie of Chicago; two grandsons Brad (Tiffany) Anderson of Chesterfield, MO and Jared (Suzy) Anderson of Webster Groves, MO.; four great-grandchildren, James, Catherine, Charlotte and Isabelle; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

SERVICE:11am on Thursday, February 16th, 11am, at the West Center Chapel.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Saturday, February 18th, 10:30 a.m. at the City Cemetery in Bird City, KS.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Open Door Mission, PO Box 8340, Omaha, NE 68108, or Methodist Hospital Foundation, 8701 W. Dodge Rd., Suite 450, Omaha, NE 68114.



  • Jeff D Posted February 12, 2023 2:47 pm

    Jim, Michael, & families

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a true friend to my parents and worked with them both on the Bird City library board and on many quilting projects.
    One of my favorite memories is the liver and onions that she used to cook for us when I would come over to visit. I’m not sure if Jim and Jim liked them, but Mike and I sure did!
    I also remember her typical parent looks when we played our Foreigner albums too loud – “Cold as Ice.” She will be missed. Please accept my condolences and blessings to all of you.


  • Jane Callahan-Moore Posted February 13, 2023 8:43 pm

    Dear Michael and Tim, I am offering you both deep condolences as you continue to mourn the loss of Michael’s Mother Mary C. Anderson..Sending love and hope that your wonderful Frankie can comfort you both over time! ❤️ Jane

  • Samantha Shannon Posted February 15, 2023 4:37 pm

    Michael and Tim,
    My sincerest condolences for your loss. I’m thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. And I’m sending support and love your way.

  • Kristen and Zachary Mullin Posted February 16, 2023 9:18 am

    Zach and I are so sorry for your loss. We love you both and are thinking about you. Prayers for your family during this difficult time.

  • Serena Frederick Posted February 16, 2023 9:52 am

    My heart and prayers are with you all this week. Mary was always nice to be around, whether travelling or at family events. May the heart held memories comfort you at this sad time.

  • Barbara Talisman Posted February 16, 2023 10:47 pm

    I am we have lost this great woman. She lived a wonderful long life and I am honored to have met and know her. She in your heart and touched many others. I’m deeply sorry for your loss.

  • Donna Frederick Posted February 17, 2023 3:48 pm

    I treasured my friendship with your loved one, Mary. Most recently, we had a nice, long telephone visit on her birthday. Unable to attend her service, I was there in heart as I watched the live cast. I am praying for God’s comfort to all of you.

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